Fireworks injuries have increased by 25% over the last 15 years
If you are planning your own fireworks display this July 4th, The US Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to remind you of the dangers involved. A report from the commission last year showed that injuries related to fireworks increased by 25% between 2006 and 2021. Last year, nine people died and there were 11,500 emergency room-treated injuries from fireworks. Nearly 75% of those injuries occurred in the one-month span surrounding July 4th.
The CPSC offers some tips on how to stay safe when using fireworks:
Only purchase and set off fireworks that are labeled for consumer and not professional use.
Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose nearby, in case of fire or other mishap.
Light fireworks one at a time, then move quickly away from the fireworks device.
Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Instead, soak them with water and throw them away.
Never point or throw fireworks, including sparklers, at anyone.
After fireworks have stopped burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water.
Never use fireworks while impaired by alcohol or drugs.